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2024
USA FELLOWSHIP

Meet the 2024 USA Fellows

2024 USA Fellow in Visual Art

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Sofía Gallisá Muriente
Visual Artist
San Juan, PR

“I’m uninterested in the traditional hierarchical structures of filmmaking and am much more informed by experiences with collective creation and improvisation in theater, which is a practice based on mutual trust and care.”

2024 USA Fellow in Music

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Val Jeanty aka Val-Inc
Afro-Electronica Composer, Turntablist, and Drummer
Lowell, MA

“Vodou culture has always been my source of inspiration as it introduces abstract compositions that encapsulate new ways of thinking and creating. Each rhythm produces its own unique set of resonances, and all of these sounds have at some point influenced one another, merging into a vibrational ocean of Haitian ancestral legacy.”

2024 USA Fellow in Music

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Holland Andrews
Composer, Vocalist, Clarinetist, Producer, and Performer
Brooklyn, NY

“Emotionality, spirit, presence, and transformation are the foundation of my composition and performance style; the kind that triggers a cathartic experience — this is where I dwell as an artist.”

2024 USA Fellow in Music

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Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate
Chickasaw Classical Composer
Oklahoma City, OK

“In classical composition, I use the wonderfully flexible and colorful orchestral tools to express my experience as a Chickasaw person.”

2024 USA Fellow in Theater & Performance

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[ID: An older Native woman with short gray hair and glasses smiles widely. She wears a pink shirt, a beaded necklace, and earrings.]
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Muriel Miguel
Theater Maker and Story Weaver
Brooklyn, NY

“Stories are at the heart of my work; they are where Indigenous knowledge lives.”

2024 USA Fellow in Theater & Performance

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Philip Kan Gotanda
Playwright and Filmmaker
Berkeley, CA

“To tell the Asian-American story, it must be the whole story of this country. One must investigate not just one’s own community but its intersectionality with other marginalized communities.”

2024 USA Fellow in Theater & Performance

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[ID: A woman wearing a navy-blue top with dark-gray hijab crosses her arms and looks into the horizon with a slight smile. Behind her are railings and an out-of-focus background.]
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Kholoud Sawaf
Theater Director
Fayetteville, AR

“I aim to create inclusive, joyous, and inspiring collaborations where the art we create is a reflection of the society we live in and building toward a future society we want to inhabit.”

2024 USA Fellow in Theater & Performance

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Diana Oh “Zaza D”
Multi-Disciplinary Maker, Musician, Actor, and Writer
Brooklyn, NY

“I need rooms of compassion and I need my Art to be able to be the container of my pain, my tears, and the joy that I deserve. The joy that you deserve too. We are a tired nation. A tired world.”

2024 USA Fellow in Traditional Arts

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[ID: A Black woman in her early seventies looks out beyond the camera. She wears silver hoop earrings, red lipstick, and a checkered top with a paper beaded necklace and a jade pendant. The white, angular planes of the King Memorial sculpture in Compton, CA, rise up behind her.]
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Karen Collins
Narrative Miniaturist
Compton, CA

“I enjoy researching history and creating something out of nothing with my own hands but my real fuel is the impact my work has on the next generation; it feeds our youth’s sense of self and identity as well as their cultural awareness.”

2024 USA Fellow in Traditional Arts

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Sgwaayaans TJ Young
Haida Artist
Hydaburg, AK

“I am on a constant quest to learn all that I can about my culture and the Haida art form.”

2024 USA Fellow in Traditional Arts

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Kelly Church
Artist Activist
Hopkins, MI

“I use traditional teachings from the past to create weavings that share my voice as an artist and activist living in today’s world, looking ahead for sustainable solutions to ensure the continuation of traditional teachings and sustainable practices for future generations.”

2024 USA Fellow in Traditional Arts

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Corey Alston
Sweetgrass Basket Weaver
Mount Pleasant, SC

“[Sweetgrass Basket Weaving] is one of the rare arts of our country that is found nowhere else in America. Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets are a national treasure.”

2024 USA Fellow in Traditional Arts

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Michael Winograd
Musician
Brooklyn, NY

“It’s no surprise that when I came into my own, the music I would compose and perform would be informed by the world that came before. Balancing the aesthetics of today and yesterday has been a challenge and a guide for me.”

2024 USA Fellow in Music

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Samora Pinderhughes
Multidisciplinary Composer
New York, NY

“My work is aimed at directly impacting the prison industrial complex, by creating art that explores the daily realities of structural violence, incarceration, detention, and policing in communities across the United States.”

2024 USA Fellow in Visual Art

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Trisha Baga
Interdisciplinary Artist
Queens, NY

“I want to express the Filipino condition of adapting to a changing and overwhelming environment, increasingly overpopulated with colonizers, technology, waste products, and climate change.”

2024 USA Fellow in Visual Art

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EJ Hill
Artist, Musician, and Educator
Los Angeles, CA

“In my work as an artist, I have witnessed firsthand how a handful of dedicated visionaries are able to band together, source materials, create something new, and then offer it up into the world.”

2024 USA Fellow in Visual Art

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Fronterizx Collective (Gabriela Muñoz and M. Jenea Sanchez)
Interdisciplinary Social Practice
Arizona

“As the sociopolitical climate of the US-Mexico border remains controversial, we continue the conversation of permeability and interrogate how the perception of the actual line of the border can be reimagined as a site of thriving, beauty, abundance, and creativity.”

2024 USA Fellow in Visual Art

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[ID: Three Indigenous male figures — two with dark hair and one with a baseball cap — stand in front of a brick wall at night. Each figure holds a slab of stone in their right hand, obscuring their faces.]
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“We aim to collectively advance understandings of how identity is conveyed and configured within contemporary art practices in order to create sites of acknowledgment that promote solidarity and shift obstructions to Indigenous growth.”

2024 USA Fellow in Visual Art

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María Magdalena Campos-Pons
Multidisciplinary Artist
Nashville, TN

“I work beyond borders and linguistic boundaries, emphasizing the importance of considering historical contexts through a multitude of artistic languages, resulting in an approach that allows for a more holistic understanding of these complex narratives.”

2024 USA Fellow in Writing

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Dantiel W. Moniz
Writer
Jacksonville, FL

“My work is the lens through which I try to understand humanity as a whole and my place within it. Art cannot be substituted for direct action, but I do think it can lead a person there.”

2024 USA Fellow in Writing

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Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Writer
Brooklyn, NY

“I write the stories I wanted to read as a young Black girl in white spaces that offered me very little reflection of my own image — stories of outsiders who eschew easy categorization, stories of the absurdities of everyday life and the absurdities of Blackness in everyday life.”

2024 USA Fellow in Writing

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Farid Matuk
Poet and Writer
Tucson, AZ

“The entanglement that drives my work is political because it orients us away from ideas of an integrated, singular subjecthood and toward a sense of being that is mutually created and cared for.”

2024 USA Fellow in Writing

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Jeffery U. Darensbourg
Writer and Performer
Bulbancha

“What others have hidden I seek to reveal. When boxes constrain, when legacies oppress, I seek to liberate.”

2024 USA Fellow in Writing

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Monica Ong
Visual Poet
Connecticut

“By integrating design thinking to the production of visual poetry, I’m able to question the conventions of reading, model new publishing futures, and reimagine what poetry readings can be.”

2024 USA Fellow in Writing

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Danielle Evans
Fiction Writer
Baltimore, MD

“I’m interested in the gap between what happened and how we talk about it — how that gap operates in the space of an individual life, in the space of a family, and in the space of a country.”

2024 USA Fellow in Dance

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Jerron Herman
Performer
Brooklyn, NY

“Catharsis holds a mighty sway over what I choose to make because I believe we often respond to the story that mirrors our humanity. It’s important to me that art helps its witnesses to feel.”

2024 USA Fellow in Architecture & Design

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Selina Martinez
Architect in Training
Penjamo-Scottsdale, AZ

“I want to create channels of access for indigenous populations to engage and embed their worldviews within architectural design and actively reintegrating suppressed identities and indigenous knowledge as valid within the context of the architecture field.”

2024 USA Fellow in Architecture & Design

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Maya Bird-Murphy
Architectural Designer
Chicago, IL

“My work encourages everyday people to dream about liberatory futures in their built environments.”

2024 USA Fellow in Architecture & Design

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DK Osseo-Asare
Design Scientist
State College, PA

“Through design praxis I explore tangible responses to systemic injustice in space and the environment, taking action where and when people, living beings, and the planet are unfairly constrained from opportunity or access to quality of life.”

2024 USA Fellow in Architecture & Design

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AD–WO (Emanuel Admassu and Jen Wood)
Architects and Artists
New York, NY

“Our work is committed to unlearning the conventions of architecture with hopes of developing a spatial practice that is open and generous.”

2024 USA Fellow in Craft

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Linda Nguyen Lopez
Ceramicist
Fayetteville, AR

“With verbal meaning so imprecise and mutable, visual language became my way of expressing the world. Clay, whose malleability allows me to create objects that appear soft and playful, has allowed for endless possibilities.”

2024 USA Fellow in Craft

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John Paul Morabito
Transdisciplinary Weaver
Kent, OH

“I am defiantly a weaver. Through this position, I reconsider tapestry as a modality in which image, matter, technology, and embodiment provide productive conflicts for constructing form.”

2024 USA Fellow in Craft

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Tanya Crane
Jewelry Artist and Object Maker
Providence, RI

“Each of my jewelry pieces marks a time, a place, or a memory. They are linked together with a similar visual language where I utilize black and white enamel marks on the surface of copper to indicate my hand and tick marks to represent time passing.”

2024 USA Fellow in Craft

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Helen Lee
Glass Artist
Madison, WI

“My work materializes the relationship between words and things; it manifests my ambition to understand loss and absence and how we ask words to hold meaning in the same way glass holds light.”

2024 USA Fellow in Craft

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Kira Dominguez Hultgren
Textile Artist
Urbana, IL

“In my studio practice, weaving and the loom act as a code-switching device between anachronistic technologies, elusive identities, speculative histories, and illusory desires.”

2024 USA Fellow in Craft

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Tammie Rubin
Ceramic Sculptor and Installation Artist
Austin, TX

“My artwork contemplates narratives of Black American citizenry, migration, autonomy, longing, and faith. By weaving together familial and historical narratives, mapping data, and magical thinking, my installations evoke ritual moments of physical, metaphysical, and spiritual escape.”

2024 USA Fellow in Dance

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Mythili Prakash
Choreographer and Dancer
Los Angeles, CA

“My focus centers around dissecting notions of femininity in myth, metaphor, and the performance of Bharatanatyam — all of which reflects the aesthetics of both the culture in which it is rooted as well as the broader tapestry of global cultures.”

2024 USA Fellow in Dance

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Sean Dorsey
Choreographer, Dancer, Educator, and Trans Activist
San Francisco, CA

“I love my transgender body, and I love choreographing dances from the graceful, informed, and powerful location of my transgender body.”

2024 USA Fellow in Architecture & Design

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Ifeoma Ebo
Architect, Artist, and Community-Designer
Brooklyn, NY

“My work as a transdisciplinary designer, artist, and urbanist has been rooted in dynamic diasporic understandings of the Black experience, and I have used my craft to advocate for, design, plan with, and visually showcase the stories of communities of color.”

2024 USA Fellow in Dance

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Petra Bravo
Choreographer
San Juan, PR

“In my methodologies of working with the body I look for authenticity: an exploratory dance composition that is combative, romantic, sublime, sexual, absurd, and indecipherable. For me, this achieves changes in the behavior of human thought.”

2024 USA Fellow in Dance

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Marjani Forté-Saunders
Choreographer, Conjurer, Corporal Spellcaster, and Storyteller
Pasadena, CA and Brooklyn, NY

“My art poses and processes my questions, such as: What might freedom — a reality that elevates culture, life, wisdom, the intangible and mysterious — look like? Can we achieve it?”

2024 USA Fellow in Dance

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Erin Kilmurray
Dance Artist
Chicago, IL

“My dance work lives at a place where social environments, contemporary performance forms, and dancing collide. With an aesthetic orientation that sits on a pop-fringe borderline, my work is born from house parties, mosh pits, spectacle, music videos, nightlife, and dance teams.”

2024 USA Fellow in Film

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Ciara Leina`ala Lacy
Filmmaker
Honolulu, HI

“Whether the content is real or fictional, I want audiences positioned in front of my characters, not above or below, with no chance to look away. It’s not a Dickensian gaze. It’s laser focused on the dirt, so you can see the flowers grow.”

2024 USA Fellow in Film

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PJ Raval
Filmmaker
Austin, TX

“As a filmmaker living in the empire, I have the unique position to use my privileges to create films that contribute to efforts to decolonize US imperial legacies.”

2024 USA Fellow in Film

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Blackhorse Lowe
Filmmaker, Writer, Director, and Producer
Santa Fe, NM

“My films are personal, psychedelic, and spiritual — aiming to challenge genre norms and authentically represent Indigenous stories, often in the Navajo language.”

2024 USA Fellow in Film

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Garrett Bradley
Artist and Filmmaker
New Orleans, LA

“Through portraiture and historical reimagination, I have experimented with both old and contemporary archives as a means for better understanding my own country, its history, and the possibilities that might exist for all tenses of time.”

2024 USA Fellow in Media

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Cristóbal Martinez
Installation Artist
Tempe, AZ

“My intention is to make poetic an idea-driven, propositional, and self-implicating art situated within social anxieties by reimagining sites of contest, controversy, and consequence into those of generative public pedagogy, curiosity, and discourse.”

2024 USA Fellow in Media

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Mimi Ọnụọha
Artist
Brooklyn, NY

“I aim to trouble the assumptions baked into the beliefs and technologies that mediate our existences. I aim to make sense of the world, so that we can remake it differently.”

2024 USA Fellow in Media

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Yo-Yo Lin
Interdisciplinary Artist
New York, NY and Taipei

“With my community, I dream and steward spaces for radical pleasure, asking ourselves, How can we be together? Building physical, digital, virtual, ancestral pathways to each other again and again.”

2024 USA Fellow in Music

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Sarah Hennies
Composer and Percussionist
Red Hook, NY

“In many works, the repetition of seemingly banal material reveals unusual depth and variety within sounds and the spaces in which they are heard, provoking the audience to notice and ask questions about the peculiar world we inhabit.”

Join us in celebrating this year’s 50 awardees hailing from 22 states and Puerto Rico. These artists and small collectives represent different regions and diverse backgrounds but share a commitment to helping us heal, connect, and thrive in community. They were selected for their artistic vision, contributions to the field, and the potential impact of the award on their practice.

Common Ties

This year’s Fellows expand our definitions of beauty and belonging by embracing embodied knowledge, reimagining archives, and empowering the next generation to carry this work forward. They engage us in a collective responsibility to imagine and invest in our future.

In this spirit of sustained curiosity, we encourage you to spend time getting to know them and to explore the variety of approaches and experiences that inspire their work. Click on each Fellow’s photo above to read an excerpt of their artist statement. We hope you feel energized by what you encounter.

EJ Hill
Artist, Musician, and Educator
Los Angeles, CA

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EJ Hill with Brava!, 2022 Weld-free steel roller coaster, enamel spray paint, wood, and velvet. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo by Kaelan Burkett.
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EJ Hill’s practice focuses largely on challenging the social aspects and systems that construct a body. He is not only interested in how bodies and subjectivities are formed, understood, and valued within different social and cultural contexts, but also how bodies and subjectivities redefine the parameters that govern which of them are allowed to exist freely.

Fronterizx Collective (Gabriela Muñoz and M. Jenea Sanchez)
Interdisciplinary Social Practice
Arizona

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[ID: Two Latinx women crouch down over a nopal plant. One holds a cup and the other holds a set of pliers poised to pull out and harvest nopal needles.]


Photo courtesy of the artists.
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Gabriela Muñoz and Jenea Sanchez of Fronterizx Collective began working together in 2009. Muñoz and Sanchez’s practice is rooted in their experiences as women of color who grew up in the liminal culture between México and the United States. Their projects and collaborations center movements of social justice and uplift the labor, wisdom, and contributions of women.

John Paul Morabito
Transdisciplinary Weaver
Kent, OH

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Photo by Alex Younger.
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John Paul Morabito engages queerness, ethnicity, and the sacred through the medium of tapestry reimagined in the digital age. For Morabito, weaving is an ontological practice through which blasphemy, devotion, the incarnational spirit of Catholicism, the decadence of drag, and queer grace are bound as resonant sensibilities within their opulent tapestries.

Kelly Church
Artist Activist
Hopkins, MI

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[ID: A woman with dark brown hair holds a small basket made of black ash splints, demonstrating basket weaving in front of an audience.]


Photo by Andrew Hamilton.
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Kelly Church uses the traditional teachings of her Anishnabe people to share her voice as a Native, woman, activist, artist, mother and culture bearer. She harvests and processes fibers from the forests that include black ash splints, basswood, birch bark, sweetgrass, white cedar bark, and quills.

Sgwaayaans TJ Young
Haida Artist
Hydaburg, AK

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Photo by Molly Sharp.
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Born into the Yaadaas Eagle Clan of the Kaigani Haida, TJ Young was given the Haida name Sgwaayaans. He cites his grandfather, Claude Morrison, who instructed him on how to hand–carve halibut hooks. Young creates many carvings and items for ceremonies and cultural purposes and considers it an honor to carry on the traditions of his ancestors.

Tammie Rubin
Ceramic Sculptor and Installation Artist
Austin, TX

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[ID: A Black woman works in a studio space, adding the final flourish to a small white sculpture. Other sculptures are laid out on the table around her. Two black balloons, anchored to these sculptures, frame the photo.]


Photo by Colin Conces.
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Tammie Rubin’s practice considers the intrinsic power of objects and coded symbols as signifiers, wishful contraptions, and mythic relics. Rubin’s artwork delves into narratives of Black American citizenry, migration, autonomy, longing, and faith. Weaving together familial and historical narratives, mapping data, and magical thinking, her installations evoke ritual moments of physical, metaphysical, and spiritual escape.

Karen Collins
Narrative Miniaturist
Compton, CA

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[ID: A Black woman and man in their seventies sit behind a vast array of wooden boxes and frames of various sizes, all containing miniature scenes. The artwork is displayed in the living room of a house.]


Photo by Ryan Schude.
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A self-taught narrative miniaturist, and deeply informed by the African-American tradition of making something out of nothing, Karen Collins learned by trial and error. Collins also witnessed and participated in marches, sit-ins, and Black Panther community meetings and has carried this practice of activism into her adulthood. These experiences taught her about the struggle of attaining civil rights as well as the value of community, which continues to influence her creative practice.

About the Fellowship

USA Fellowships provide $50,000 in unrestricted money that the artists can use in any way they would like. In addition to the award, current Fellows have access to financial planning, career consulting, legal advice, and other professional services as requested.

Fellows are selected through a nomination, application, and review process. Each year, artists are anonymously nominated by a geographically diverse and rotating group of arts professionals to apply for the Fellowship. Applications are reviewed by discipline-specific panels for their artistic vision, contributions to the field, and the potential impact of the award on their practice. Panels recommend finalists for board approval. USA fundraises annually to make as many awards as possible.

Since its founding, the USA Fellowship program has awarded over $41 million to more than 850 artists thanks to our funders who understand the value of supporting artists unconditionally. We believe that by investing in artists, we are investing in the cultural and social fabric of our world, ensuring that their voices continue to enrich our lives and broaden our horizons.

 

2024 USA Fellows Geography

The 2024 USA Fellowships were generously made possible by:

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Architecture & Design

New York, NY
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DK Osseo-Asare
Design Scientist
State College, PA
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Ifeoma Ebo
Architect, Artist, and Community-Designer
Brooklyn, NY
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Maya Bird-Murphy
Architectural Designer
Chicago, IL
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Selina Martinez
Architect in Training
Penjamo-Scottsdale, AZ
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Architecture & Design Panelists

Panelists’ titles and organizations are reflective of their affiliation during the jury period in 2023.

Erin Besler
Principal at Besler & Sons and Assistant Professor
Princeton University School of Architecture

Hopewell, NJ
Julia Gamolina
Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Madame Architect + Associate Principal at Ennead Architects

New York, NY
Monica Obniski
Curator of Decorative Arts and Design
High Museum of Art

Atlanta, GA

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Helen Lee
Glass Artist
Madison, WI
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John Paul Morabito
Transdisciplinary Weaver
Kent, OH
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Urbana, IL
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Fayetteville, AR
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Tammie Rubin
Ceramic Sculptor and Installation Artist
Austin, TX
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Tanya Crane
Jewelry Artist and Object Maker
Providence, RI
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Craft Panelists

Panelists’ titles and organizations are reflective of their affiliation during the jury period in 2023.

Ashley Page
Studio and Programs Coordinator
Indigo Arts Alliance

Portland, ME
Charlotte Potter Kasic
Executive Director
Barry Art Museum

Norfolk, VA
Anna Walker
Executive Director
Lawndale Art & Performance Center

Houston, TX

Dance

Erin Kilmurray
Dance Artist
Chicago, IL
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Jerron Herman
Performer
Brooklyn, NY
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Marjani Forté-Saunders
Choreographer, Conjurer, Corporal Spellcaster, and Storyteller
Pasadena, CA and Brooklyn, NY
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Mythili Prakash
Choreographer and Dancer
Los Angeles, CA
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Petra Bravo
Choreographer
San Juan, PR
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Sean Dorsey
Choreographer, Dancer, Educator, and Trans Activist
San Francisco, CA
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Dance Panelists

Panelists’ titles and organizations are reflective of their affiliation during the jury period in 2023.

Chloe Jones
Executive Director and Assistant Dean
Art & Creative Engagement (at UtahPresents/University of Utah)

Salt Lake City, UT
Tonya Lockyer
Multidisciplinary Artist, Arts Strategist and Writer

Suquamish, WA
Yara Travieso
Director & Choreographer

Brooklyn, NY

Film

Blackhorse Lowe
Filmmaker, Writer, Director, and Producer
Santa Fe, NM
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Honolulu, HI
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Garrett Bradley
Artist and Filmmaker
New Orleans, LA
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PJ Raval
Filmmaker
Austin, TX
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Film Panelists

Panelists’ titles and organizations are reflective of their affiliation during the jury period in 2023.

Pablo de Ocampo
Director and Curator of Moving Image
Walker Art Center

Minneapolis, MN
Ianeta Le'i
CEO at Kaioe Consulting and Senior Manager
Sundance Institute Indigenous Program

CA/UT
Jenny Miller
Co-Artistic Director
UNIONDOCS, Center for Documentary Art

Brooklyn, NY

Media

Cristóbal Martinez
Installation Artist
Tempe, AZ
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Brooklyn, NY
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Yo-Yo Lin
Interdisciplinary Artist
New York, NY and Taipei
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Media Panelists

Panelists’ titles and organizations are reflective of their affiliation during the jury period in 2023.

Stephanie Dinkins
Artist & Kusama Endowed Professor of Art
Stony Brook University

Brooklyn, NY
Ceci Moss
Director of the Mandeville Art Gallery (MAG) and Professor of Practice
UC San Diego

Los Angeles, CA
Victoria Vesna
Professor and Director
UCLA Art Sci Center

Los Angeles, CA

Music

Holland Andrews
Composer, Vocalist, Clarinetist, Producer, and Performer
Brooklyn, NY
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Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate
Chickasaw Classical Composer
Oklahoma City, OK
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Samora Pinderhughes
Multidisciplinary Composer
New York, NY
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Sarah Hennies
Composer and Percussionist
Red Hook, NY
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Val Jeanty aka Val-Inc
Afro-Electronica Composer, Turntablist, and Drummer
Lowell, MA
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Music Panelists

Panelists’ titles and organizations are reflective of their affiliation during the jury period in 2023.

Argeo Ascani
Programmer, Music and Festivals
The Momentary

Bentonville, AR
Tunde Olaniran
Founder/Owner
Magic Wheel Creative

Flint, MI
Vanessa Rose
Executive Director
American Composers Forum

Minneapolis, MN

Theater & Performance

Diana Oh “Zaza D”
Multi-Disciplinary Maker, Musician, Actor, and Writer
Brooklyn, NY
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Kholoud Sawaf
Theater Director
Fayetteville, AR
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Muriel Miguel
Theater Maker and Story Weaver
Brooklyn, NY
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Philip Kan Gotanda
Playwright and Filmmaker
Berkeley, CA
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Theater & Performance Panelists

Panelists’ titles and organizations are reflective of their affiliation during the jury period in 2023.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Writer and Professor

Brooklyn, NY
Kelly Kerwin
Artistic Director
Oklahoma City Repertory Theater

Oklahoma City, OK
Tony Santiago
Theater and Performance Programs Manager
Arts + Public Life

Chicago, IL

Traditional Arts

Corey Alston
Sweetgrass Basket Weaver
Mount Pleasant, SC
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Karen Collins
Narrative Miniaturist
Compton, CA
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Kelly Church
Artist Activist
Hopkins, MI
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Brooklyn, NY
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Hydaburg, AK
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Traditional Arts Panelists

Panelists’ titles and organizations are reflective of their affiliation during the jury period in 2023.

Carolyn L. Mazloomi
Independent Curator, Artist and Author

West Chester, OH
Kathleen Mundell
Director
Cultural Resources

Camden, ME
Jessica Turner
Executive Director
American Folklore Society

Bloomington, IN

Visual Arts

EJ Hill
Artist, Musician, and Educator
Los Angeles, CA
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María Magdalena Campos-Pons
Multidisciplinary Artist
Nashville, TN
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San Juan, PR
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Trisha Baga
Interdisciplinary Artist
Queens, NY
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Visual Art Panelists

Panelists’ titles and organizations are reflective of their affiliation during the jury period in 2023.

Kanitra Fletcher
Associate Curator
National Gallery of Art

Washington, DC
Andrea Hanley
Chief Curator
Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

Santa Fe, NM
Daisy Nam
Executive Director and Curator
Ballroom Marfa

Marfa, TX

Writing

Danielle Evans
Fiction Writer
Baltimore, MD
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Jacksonville, FL
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Farid Matuk
Poet and Writer
Tucson, AZ
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Jeffery U. Darensbourg
Writer and Performer
Bulbancha
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Monica Ong
Visual Poet
Connecticut
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Writing Panelists

Panelists’ titles and organizations are reflective of their affiliation during the jury period in 2023.

Lesley Arimah
Fiction Writer

Las Vegas, NV
Diana Marie Delgado
Poet and Literary Director
UA Poetry Center

Tucson, AZ
Meredith Talusan
Author and Editor

Barryville, NY